Lifeguard Training | West Suburban YMCA


American Red Cross Lifeguard Training

Become an American Red Cross certified lifeguard.

Please email Kelly or call our aquatics department at (617) 244-6050 x3650 for more information regarding our Lifeguard Training Classes.

Blended Learning Lifeguard Training Course Pre-Requisites:

  • At least 15 years of age
  • Must be able to swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing.
  • Must be able to tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs
  • Must complete the Time Event in 1 minute and 40 seconds (goggles may not be used):
    • Start in water, swim 20 yards
    • Surface dive (feet-first or head-first) to a depth of 7-10 feet and retrieve a 10lb object
    • Surface and swim the 20 yards on back with both hands holding the object
    • Exit without use of a ladder or stairs

To receive certifications in Lifeguard Training, CPR/AED and First Aid:

  • Must complete the required 7-hour online training PRIOR to the in-person skill sessions.
  • Must complete and pass ALL practical portions of the course
  • Receive 80% of higher on each protion of the written exams

Upcoming Lifeguard Training Courses
At this time we do not have any lifeguading classes on the schedule for Late Spring/Early Summer. We are working on potential dates for future classes, however, we do not yet have the dates set.   If you would like to add your name and email address to our interest list, please contact Kelly at Adding your name to our list does not guarantee a spot. Once a course is available, registration will be completed first come, first serve.  Upon registration, we will email your welcome letter and information for the class including the link for the online content. 


Online Registration